Connecticut foster care and adoption guidelines

Thanks for considering adoption and/or fostering. Please feel free to contact the Connecticut Alliance of Foster & Adoptive Families.

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State contact information

Phone (teléfono): 1-888-543-4376 (KIDHERO)
Email (correo electrónico):


Foster and adoption licensing requirements

Connecticut’s children are primarily in care because of abuse or neglect. They come from all ethnic, religious, and cultural backgrounds. They are individual children as well as sibling groups. Ages of the children range from infant to 18 years old.

As a prospective parent, you are expected to be a role model for the child, develop positive self-esteem, assist in the transportation to and from medical appointments, and provide educational support. The minimum qualifications are:

  • You must be 21 or older
  • Able to provide a loving, supportive home environment
  • Have sufficient income to meet your own financial needs
  • Must be of good character (local police and FBI check required)
  • Able to attend 10-week training program with modified programs possibly available (couples, including partners, are required to become licensed and attend all training sessions)
  • Must have a completed homestudy
  • Have two or more bedrooms in home (foster children can share the same bedroom with a child of similar age and sex, but not the same bed)

The benefits to adoption are:

  • No legal fees for public adoptions
  • Financial and medical benefits are available for the child until adoption is finalized
  • Eligibility for adoption tax credit

Agency contact and orientation information

Detailed information about foster care licensing requirements, orientation sessions, and children available for adoption can be found at the Connecticut Department of Children and Families.

DCF is your public agency and has local offices based on your region in CT.  To learn more or get started, please contact the Kid Hero Hotline at 1-888-543-4376 (KIDHERO) or

A number of private agencies have contracts with the department to provide foster care for children who have extraordinary emotional, behavioral, or medical needs. Foster parents approved by these agencies receive on-going support and training.

These agencies operate under somewhat different treatment models so expectations, training, and monthly reimbursement to foster parents may vary.

Parent support group contacts

Most families want the support of others who have had the experience of fostering and adoption. A current list of all support groups in Connecticut can be found through the Connecticut Alliance of Foster & Adoptive Families.


Information on Connecticut's waiting children

On any given day, there are more than 4,000 children in foster care, many of whom are in need of permanent homes. To learn more about children available for adoption, please contact the Connecticut Department of Children and Families by calling 800-842-6347.